Published May 29, 2012Another week, another batch of freshly reviewed albums. To read up on the latest releases, check out our Recently Reviewed section, and see which records got the Exclaim! stamp of approval. Some of the week's highlights are below.
To start, Vancouver garage pop duo Japandroids return with their sophomore album, the aptly titled Celebration Rock. Do the band hit that sophomore slump or top themselves with record No. 2? Read our review and find out.
Then we have the latest from much-loved Icelandic outfit Sigur Rós, who tone things down on their sixth studio effort, Valtari, while indie folk upstarts Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros follow up their successful debut in similar fashion with their latest uplifting release, Here. Also, Saint Etienne's Words and Music marks the veteran dance pop trio's return, seven years after their last release, and Gossip give us some Joyful Noise.
Finally, another Vancouver-based outfit rounds it all off, as Mode Moderne's Strange Bruises EP delivers a stylistically nostalgic but distinct sound.
To read full reviews of these new releases and more, check out Exclaim!'s Recently Reviewed section, and take a look at the New and Forthcoming Release Dates page for updates.
You can also listen to some of our favourite tracks from these albums in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Pop & Rock
Dance & Electronic
Folk & Country